The calm before the storm

Game 2 of the Finals – Sky at Mercury – is at 6 p.m. PT tomorrow on ESPN

WNBA playoff news:

Candace Parker is the calm and the storm for Chicago.

Give Parker her flowers while her game is still in bloom.

Kahleah Copper is the breakout player of the playoffs.

Diamond DeShields is doing whatever the Sky need to win.

WNBA team news:

The Storm will get a new, dedicated practice facility, thanks to new legislation.

WNBA coach news:

The Dream have hired Tanisha Wright as their new head coach.

Other pro news:

A new women’s pro league will debut early next year.

College team news:

Stanford tops the preseason Pac-12 coaches poll.

Offseason roster turnover has resulted in a more experienced and versatile Oregon lineup.

UCLA and USC Pac-12 media takeaways.

A new guard pairing is taking center stage for the Bruins……they are picked to finish third in the conference.

Arizona looks to build on the momentum of last year’s Final Four run.

Expectations are high for Washington State…….they are tabbed to finish sixth.

Washington’s players are committed and ready to grow under new coach Tina Langley…..the Huskies are picked to finish tenth.

Expectations remain low for Utah.

Iowa looks to be a Big Ten contender.

VCU is positively influenced by last year’s championship.

Siena will use live video on the bench this season.

College player news:

UConn senior Christyn Williams is eager for redemption and consistency after elbow surgery.

College coach news:

Nikki McCray-Penson has resigned at Mississippi State due to health reasons.

Who is the Bulldogs’ interim head coach Doug Novak?